Monday, November 26, 2012

Thrift Haul: The Windfall of Toys and Whimsical What-Nots

Sometimes I don't have to hunt for retro swag; whimsy finds its way to me. My good pal Birdie moved across the country to and couldn't take much with him, so he left me with a sizeable amount of toys and useful goodies. Here's just a peek at what I've been slowly cleaning and sorting through the past few weeks.

Toys ahoy! The Domo-kun and ugly dolls are already sold, but let me know if you're interested in any of the plushies you see here.

Now here's a favorite windfall goodie and a riddle in one. Can you guess what era this gorgeous mother cat and kitten ash tray is from?

At first glance it looks authentically vintage, but it's actually a reproduction with the Urban Outfitter's Sticker ($14.99) underneath to prove it. This one really fooled me, it looks like the real deal. Either way, I love it.

One of the few non-toy goodies, this will be a nice addition to the gift selection in my antique mall booths.

And we have a nice Asian themed deck of cards and "The Little Black Book of Beer" which I'll stage with beer mugs and barware in my antique mall booth...unless you want to buy it from me first!

It's travel-sized and full of everything you could need to know about one of the world's oldest beverages.

And while we're on kitchenware and food, I love this enormous novelty sized paper mache chili pepper, fun foodie decor and a bold statement piece.

And now, back to the toys! I have many ideas and crafts planned for my growing collection of them.

These two Bulbasaurs (my favorite starter pokémon) round out my ever-growing Pokémon plushie collection. All for sale, of course. But they're fun to gaze at in the meantime.

And another blast from the past, legos! I'm half-tempted to bust these open and start playing with the "Ninja Knights" within.

As a fan/collector of all things from Japan, I get a large amount of requests for Domo-kun items. I don't find good one items, but these two tiny detailed plastic toys fit the bill.

To give you an idea of scale, here they are playing with a standard sized shot glass.

I'm selling the pair for $6.00 if anyone's interested, but I won't mind them hanging with me in the kitchen in the meantime.

And finally we're looking at a huge selection of picture frames, this is only half of them!

I'm going to use them in creative ways for Christmas gifting and creating merchandise for the shops. None of the art prints in my home will be without a frame, that's for damn sure.

And now I'm off to my new part time job in a raw vegan kitchen (more on that later!) If you'd like to buy anything you see in this post, drop me a line!

What did you find this weekend?

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  1. Wow a lot of fun things your friend left you, but how do you have time to work a part time job in a vegan kitchen. You must have unlimited energy.

    1. The job is only 3 days per week but it's quite an adjustment. Waking up early, planning, and working fast helps. I'm a workaholic so I can handle it! ;)

  2. Nice finds! Those Lego sets sell for $30+ on eBay if they are still sealed.

    1. Thanks for the tip. They're as good as sold!

    2. I was going to say the same as Brian. Legos do super well on ebay and go quickly too.

  3. Great toys! And that ash tray fooled me too. Looks vintage, and so cute! A raw vegan kitchen? Do tell! :)

    1. I shall write posts on the experience soon. Love it so far! Mmmm..fooood.

  4. Wow, what a windfall! I would have been fooled by the ashtray too....

    1. It is a tricky one! I have many more windfall treasures to document one day...

  5. Urban Outfitters?! Get outta here! Also, I learn so much about fun toys from you - thanks :-)

    1. Glad it helps, so grateful that people like Jay and Brian share their knowledge in the comments.

  6. How much are you planning to sell the Legos for (assuming that you haven't yet)?

    1. Now that I know their high resell potential I'd be willing to sell them for $10 each to get them out of the way. E-mail me at if you'd like them. I have other legos available if you're interested. E-mail me and I'll take pictures for you.

  7. So many frames! I don't think even think that many photos of me exist from the past 5 years!

    That's one big pepper.

    1. Me either, that's for sure! I use them for fun art prints.

  8. Are your legos for sale? I know two little beasts who always love legos!! I got paypal and Im ready to spend it :)


    1. Hey Laura, I'd be willing to sell them for $10 each. I have other legos available if you'd like me to take photos for you. Just e-mail me at if you're interested.

  9. Thought I should finally say hello to you. I'm a big time thrifter in Tampa (used to thrift in Jax when we lived there). I finally opened up my own booth recently and have been reading your blog from the beginning. I'm gleaning so much helpful advice and encouragement. Thank you so much.

    1. Thanks for finally saying "Hi!" Glad the blog helps, congratulations and good luck on your new adventure!

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